Raja''s arrest, a purely political decision: Jaya

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Chennai, Feb 2 (PTI) AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa todaysaid the arrest of former Telecom Minister A Raja in the 2Gspectrum scam raised more questions than answers and allegedthat it was a "purely political" decision keeping in mindTamil Nadu Assembly polls.

She also demanded the arrest of others, includingimmediate family members of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi,allegedly involved in the scam and said her party will notgive up its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probeinto the scam despite Raja''s arrest.

Asked whether the arrest had something to do with Congressand DMK firming up their alliance with the visit ofKarunanidhi to Delhi two days ago, she said the whole thinglooked "very artificial and deeply suspicious".

She believed that the decision to arrest Raja was takenkeeping in mind the Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. It was a"purely political" decision, she said.

"Raja''s arrest raises more questions than it answers andmany questions have been left unanswered. This arrest can bedescribed only as an action too little, too late," she said.

Alleging that the action came three years late, she said,"The government would have arrested him three years ago, atleast two years, one year or even when the Supreme Court askedwhy Raja was not arrested."

She said the government was contradicting itself as itsdifferent arms were giving contradictory statements. "Thegovernment has contradicted itself. CAG says the allocationhas led to enormous loss to the tune of Rs 1.76 lakh crore.

"But, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal, whom I presume spokeon behalf of the government, claims that Raja did not causeany loss to the exchequer and even came up with an argument ofzero loss. But then why did CBI, another arm of thegovernment, arrest him. If Raja had done nothing wrong, whyhas he been arrested?" the AIADMK leader posed.

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